Top Choice Sweets in İzmir

Meşhur Hisarönü Şambalicisi

Şambali are made by baking almond-studded semolina, yoghurt and sugar, then dousing the cake with sweet syrup. This famous şambalicisi, which opened in 1942, serves its version neat or layered with kaymak (clotted c…
Top Choice Cafe in İzmir


A Parisian-style divertissement in the heart of the city, this stylish cafe on Lozan Meydanı is wildly popular with Alsancak's ladies-who-lunch, who congregate at the tables on the streetside terrace. Coffee is exce…
Top Choice Lokanta in İzmir


Serving Bosnian food that is remarkably similar to Turkish home cooking, this stylish lokanta (eatery with ready-made food) in the pretty Abacıoğlu Han offers both indoor and outdoor seating. Choose from the DIY mez…
Seafood in İzmir

Veli Usta Balık Pişiricisi

In İzmir, three ingredients make for the perfect meal: balık (fish), roca (rocket) and rakı (aniseed brandy). This friendly terrace restaurant on the kordon is a great spot to sample all three, and is hugely popular…
Seafood in İzmir

Deniz Restaurant

This long-established fish restaurant on the kordon is attached to the İzmir Palas hotel and is widely acknowledged as one of the best eateries in the city. The prime seating is on the terrace – book ahead to ensure…
Kebap in İzmir


This Alsancak branch of a national chain serves tasty soups, pides, kebaps and lahmacun (Turkish-style ‘pizza’). No alcohol.
Modern Turkish in İzmir


Specialising in Aegean and Cretan cuisine, this upmarket restaurant behind the Swissǒtel serves fresh mezes and seafood mains replete with Aegean herbs. The restaurant is named after the aromatic gum mastic, a nativ…
Cafe in İzmir

Reyhan Pastanesi

This institution is serious about the sweet stuff. Decadent delights include fruit-topped cheesecakes and creamy gateaux.
International in İzmir


At the end of Konak Pier, %100 has an upmarket shopping-mall feel inside, but its tables out on the pier are alluring. Its lengthy menu features pizzas, pasta and risotto dishes, steaks and even sushi, but all are o…
Cafe in İzmir

Atıștır Cafe

‘Snacking’, located on a lane running north of Şehit Nevresbey Bulvarı, offers enormous jacket (baked) potatoes (kumpir) with a choice of fillings that would sink a battleship.